October 7, 2005

Chrysler, GM, Hyundai, Kia announce recalls

DETROIT (Reuters) - Four automakers are recalling over
450,000 vehicles in the United States for a range of defects,
U.S. safety regulators said on Friday.

The Chrysler arm of Germany's DaimlerChrysler is recalling
nearly 256,409 Dodge Dakota pickup truck, Dodge Durango, Jeep
Liberty and Jeep Wrangler sport utility vehicles, Chrysler 300
and Dodge Magnum sedans from the 2005 model year because of a
problem that may cause the vehicles to roll away while in
'park' position, the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration said.

Separately, General Motors Corp. is recalling 123,592
pickup trucks, SUVs, vans and cars because of potential power
steering problems that could lead to engine fires, NHTSA said.

NHTSA said the power steering hose, under extreme steering
maneuvers, may break and leak fluid. This could result in
increased braking effort and also, if the power steering fluid
spray were to spray onto hot engine parts, an engine
compartment fire could occur.

Vehicles affected by the recall include the Chevrolet
Corvette car, Buick Rainer, Cadillac Escalade, Tahoe,
Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Yukon, Hummer H2 and Isuzu Ascender
SUVs, Chevrolet Express and Savana vans, Chevrolet Silverado
and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. All the vehicles are from the
2006 model year, NHTSA said. The Corvette, Silverado and Sierra
models from the 2005 model year are also being recalled.

Also, Kia Motors Corp. is recalling 74,276 Sedona minivans
from 2002 to 2004 model years equipped with power seats because
a problem with the wiring under the front seats could cause a

Kia's affiliate, Hyundai Motor Co., is recalling 12,000
Santa Fe SUVs from the 2005 model year because of a problem
with the occupant classification system, NHTSA said.

The occupant classification system installed in the front
passenger seat of the vehicle may mistakenly identify a child
seat as an adult passenger, NHTSA said.